- 1 [with object and adverbial] Strike or propel forcibly with the foot: police kicked down the door [with object and complement]: he kicked the door openMore example sentences
- The appeal follows a recent spate of vandalism where bins have been set alight, plant pots have been kicked over and garden furniture damaged.
- When he reached the bedroom, he kicked the door open with his foot.
- Caine kicked the door open and hauled them both inside.
- 1.1 [no object] Strike out with the foot or feet: she kicked out at him [with object]: he kicked his feet free of a vineMore example sentences
- Hoyle and Bruce were spoken to by the referee after an altercation in midfield, but following the free kick Bruce kicked out at Hoyle in the penalty area.
- One horse kicked out at him causing fatal injuries.
- Once inside the car, he kicked out at the interior door panels and windows, as well as spitting in the face of another police officer.
- 1.2(Chiefly in rugby) score (a goal) by a kick: Wray kicked 11 pointsMore example sentences
- Barking scored a penalty before Dave Lewis kicked a drop goal a minute later to put them 16-9 ahead.
- Johnny Moroney, who played on the left wing, scored 14 points, kicking goals as well as scoring a try.
- He not only kicked goals and engineered a string of openings but also scored the crucial opening try.
- 2 [with object] • informal Succeed in giving up (a habit or addiction): I made a New Year resolution to kick the habit she was trying to kick heroinMore example sentences
- Some people have said it's easier to withdraw from heroin than to kick the tobacco habit.
- A cocaine vaccine developed by a UK pharmaceutical company could help cocaine addicts kick their habit.
- It's National No-Smoking Day on Wednesday, a day when millions of tobacco addicts try to kick their unpleasant habit.
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- 1A blow or forceful thrust with the foot: a kick in the headMore example sentences
- But when the paramedics tried to leave, two youths attacked them, raining kicks and blows down on their heads and ribs.
- Zhao said she fell to her knees, and then felt repeated kicks or blows to both sides of her head.
- A more probable explanation for some injuries was that they were caused by blows and kicks.
- 1.1(In sport) an instance of striking the ball with the foot: Scott’s kick went wide of the goalMore example sentences
- Wharfedale had chance to go ahead with a penalty but the kick was wide of the posts.
- The kick drifted wide of the posts and the visitors' place in the final was secured after a game that neither side deserved to lose.
- The kick again slid wide, but at 24-18 the game was well and truly alive again.
- 1.2British (Chiefly in rugby) a player of specified kicking ability.More example sentences
- Paul Barnard has become an excellent kick for goal.
- 2 [in singular] A sudden forceful jolt: the shuttle accelerated with a kickMore example sentences
- There is a sudden kick on the rod and yes, it is indeed a fish, a perch that stays deep for several minutes before, slowly, it begins to swim to the surface.
- There was a sudden mighty kick, like a giant was shaking the ship, and Lazarus could feel his insides trembling.
- As I looked outside, I realized we were accelerating, but there was no associated kick.
- 2.1The recoil of a gun when discharged.More example sentences
- He felt the kick of the sniper rifle in his hands.
- Many recruits were worried about the kick of a rifle.
- She could see that he hadn't been lying when he had mentioned the gun's vicious kick; some of the students were unprepared and flinched backwards on impact.
- 2.2 Billiards & Snooker An irregular movement of the ball caused by dust: he suffered a kick on the pink in frame fourMore example sentences
- Needing just pink and black to book a fourth round spot against David Roe, Davison got a nasty kick on the cueball, causing him to miss the pink and letting Finbow in to clinch the match.
- A Doherty break of 26 was then halted by a kick on the white.
- A nasty kick on the black prevented him from registering the highest break of the tournament.
- 3 • informal The sharp stimulant effect of alcohol or a drug: strong stuff, this brew: he felt the kickMore example sentences
- Cannabis is often an intermediary drug, used before the user moves onto harder drugs, when the kick of cannabis wears off.
- It comes in twelve different fruit flavours and the alcoholic kick is provided by schnapps.
- It tastes like watered down barley water with a bit of an alcoholic kick.
- 3.1A thrill of pleasurable, often reckless excitement: rich kids turning to crime just for kicks I get such a kick out of driving a racing carMore example sentences
- She has a 15-year-old son who goes to Orchard Park, where teenagers were photographed sniffing petrol for kicks.
- Extra undercover officers will patrol city estates in a bid to curb the antics of youngsters who steal cars for kicks or take them for use in other crimes and then burn them out.
- He denied that pupils at his school were taking horse tranquillisers for kicks or that they were less than communicative because of their drug habits.
- 3.2 [with modifier] A temporary interest in a particular thing: the jogging kickMore example sentences
- Lately I have been back on the self-examination kick.
- It's part of the whole nostalgia kick, I suspect.
- The last couple of years I've been on a big Motown kick.
- 4 (kicks) • informal , chiefly US Soft sports shoes; trainers: a pair of basketball kicksMore example sentences
- Worn-out soles will wear out your knees: replace them or pick up a new pair of kicks.
- I never knew his name, we just called him "boots" after the Western kicks he wore always.
- The Nets all wore black socks and black kicks last night.
kick against the pricks
- see prick.
a kick at the can (or cat)
- Canadian • informal An opportunity to achieve something.More example sentences
- Every few years we are allowed to have a kick at the can to actually choose which privileged bastard will rule us.
- Since 1967, all three major parties have had a kick at the can.
- The loft spaces are now condos, the families sold up and moved on, and new people are having a kick at the can selling different things to a different neighborhood.
kick the bucket
- • informal Die: when the old girl finally kicked the bucket there was no mention of yours truly in the willMore example sentences
- He wanted to do his own thing and he wanted to do it now - not down the track when his father finally kicked the bucket.
- But in spite of the fact, when he kicks the bucket and departs his mortal coil, it is going to be one of the biggest funerals in the Bahamas.
- Even though the British Empire had long since kicked the bucket, the expats could still be found pretty much anywhere the Brits had a former colony.
kick the can down the road
- • informal , chiefly US Put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis: I appreciate that he doesn’t want to raise taxes, but sooner or later you have to stop kicking the can down the roadMore example sentences
- "It kicks the can down the road for a slight amount of time," Mr. Stone said.
- In politics there is always a temptation to kick the can down the road and hope that problems might disappear.
- For our part, we would greatly prefer to deal with the adjustments that are necessary for robust economic growth, rather than just kicking the can down the road.
kick one's heels
a kick in the pants (or up the backside)
- • informal An unwelcome surprise that prompts fresh effort: the competition will be healthy—we need a kick in the pantsMore example sentences
- He is a very good coach in every respect, the first guy to give you a kick up the backside but also the first to give you a pat on the back when he feels you deserve it.
- Today, if I was the president, I would dismiss the coach and line the players up against a wall and give them all a kick up the backside.
- Stuttgart gave me a kick up the backside, and I re-focused and came out better last year - it was what I needed.
kick someone in the pants (or up the backside)
- • informal Prompt someone to make fresh effort.More example sentences
- I can barely spend time with my extended kin without the having the urge to kick them up the backside.
- I have a reason to kick you in the pants and light fire under you to keep you focused and keep you going.
- His advice is always timely, full of common sense and he never hesitates to kick me in the pants when necessary.
a kick in the teeth
- • informal A grave setback or disappointment: this broken promise is a kick in the teeth for footballMore example sentences
- The chairman described the council's decision to reject the scheme as a kick in the teeth.
- We are trying to improve the facilities all the time and make the ground more presentable and this sort of thing is just a kick in the teeth.
- This is a kick in the teeth for the people of Salford and an outrageous waste of taxpayers' money.
kick someone in the teeth
- • informal Cause someone a grave setback or disappointment: there are times when life kicks you in the teethMore example sentences
- You think you're going in the right direction and then a performance like that really kicks you in the teeth so all the lads were very disappointed and so were the staff.
- Jamie Johnstone said staff felt like they had been kicked in the teeth after all their hard work building up the business.
- Scotland have an uncanny knack of finding heartbreaking ways of exiting tournaments, of getting the nation's hopes up before kicking them in the teeth.
kick something into touch (or into the long grass)
- British • informal Reject, dismiss, or invalidate something: his modest request for £300,000 in public investment was kicked into touch by the Arts Council a football star has won his legal battle to get a driving conviction kicked into touch[with reference to rugby, the ball in touch being out of play]More example sentences
- Other ministers have repeatedly kicked all proposals into the long grass.
- The issue has been kicked into the long grass until the party's main conference in October.
- Both sides dug their heels in, and the album's American release was kicked into the long grass.
- Be annoyed with oneself for doing something foolish or missing an opportunity: he was kicking himself for not biding his timeMore example sentences
- We were really kicking ourselves afterwards at having missed such a golden opportunity.
- Every broadcaster is moving to those bigger pictures, and you will soon be kicking yourself if you buy a set that has the old screen shape, unless it's a portable for the bedroom.
- If you miss this show you'll be kicking yourself all winter.
kick over the traces
- see trace2.
kick the shit out of
- • vulgar slang see shit.
kick someone/thing to the curb
- North American • informal Reject or cast aside: things get complicated for Alfie when he’s kicked to the curb by his girlfriendMore example sentences
- Not a lot has changed in the battle of the sexes guy meets girl, girl kicks guy to the curb, his self-esteem crushed.
- Guy meets girl, girl kicks guy to the curb.
- Guy meets girl, girl kicks guy to the curb, his self-esteem, crushed.
kick up a fuss (or a stink)
- • informal Object loudly or publicly to something: local people are kicking up a fuss about the noise and smells from the farmMore example sentences
- It is the liberal elite, not the public, that kicks up a fuss about gay MPs.
- So if you disapprove of this approach to public artworks, now is the time to start kicking up a stink.
- If he kicks up a fuss, you know there's more to the relationship than meets the eye.
kick up one's heels
kick someone upstairs
- • informal Remove someone from an influential position by giving them an ostensible promotion: he’ll be kicked upstairs for a year or so before taking early retirementMore example sentences
- Clifford removed General William Westmoreland as Vietnam commander, kicking him upstairs to become Army chief of staff and replacing him with General Creighton Abrams.
- In March, he was kicked upstairs to head the World Bank.
- Gromyko had been one of Gorbachev's supporters and he was kicked upstairs to become head of state.
kick someone when they are down
- Cause further misfortune to someone who is already in a difficult situation: he did not believe in the doctrine that you did not kick a man when he was downMore example sentences
- And there is no honor in kicking somebody when they are down.
- It's not fair to kick someone when they are down when nothing is proven.
- Talk about kicking someone when they are down.
- Protest against or resist (something): young people are supposed to kick against the establishmentMore example sentences
- Working in television provided him with training, a secure job and an establishment to kick against, and he remains grateful for all of this.
- Sheffield always kicks against the national trend and one thing I discovered over the years is that just because something happened nationally does not mean it is going to happen in Sheffield.
- Inevitably, self-obsessed Gwen kicks against the system, until learning lessons the hard way.
kick around (or about)
- (Of a thing) lie unwanted or unexploited: the idea has been kicking around for over a yearMore example sentences
- Those pics are nearly 10 years old, they were kicking about on the net months ago.
- Working in a bank, it's odd to see that people still have old notes and coins kicking about which they bring in from time to time to exchange.
- That debate's been kicking around for decades now.
- (Of a person) drift idly from place to place: I kicked around picking up odd jobsMore example sentences
- It is a second career for both of them: trained in horticulture, the Whittles went abroad in their late twenties, kicking around for five years before settling down on Vancouver Island, Canada.
- Kelly Willis has kicked around record labels nearly as much as her family kicked around the country while she was growing up.
- Meantime, he kicks around 13th Street, living in an apartment above the newsstand.
kick someone around
- Treat someone roughly or without respect: they can’t kick me aroundMore example sentences
- Why are conservative pundits still kicking him around?
- Four armed men forced him out of the car, put a bag over his head after kicking him around and threw him into a minivan.
- But 10 days ago a pitiless thug broke into her home, kicked her around like a football and stole her life savings.
kick something around (or about)
- Discuss a proposal informally: they had begun to kick around the idea of sending a man into spaceMore example sentences
- ‘These are generally brainstorming sessions where you kick interesting ideas around; you raise issues and discuss issues,’ he said ‘It's a mini think-tank more than anything.’
- For the first time in the band's history, they had problems coming up with something fresh and the more they kicked ideas around or worked them up in concert the less happy they were.
- It would be helpful if we could kick some ideas around on how to meet your goal.
- North American • informal Be at leisure; relax: he has not been able to kick back and enjoy his successMore example sentences
- I'm about to take a week's annual leave starting next week so I'm going to be able to kick back and relax a little.
- Picnics are a time to kick back, relax and enjoy tasty, yet easy-to-prepare food with friends.
- The past few months have just been go, go, go and at last I'm getting the chance to kick back and relax.
- British Change quickly into a lower gear in a car with an automatic transmission by a sudden full depression of the accelerator.More example sentences
- However, the transmission has a tendency to kick down into first gear all too easily, which can make progress around town a little jerky.
- I kept thinking the bike was going to stall as the revs dropped, and rather than kicking down a few gears, rolling off the throttle, and using a bit of brake to go around a corner, I had to use the brakes alone to slow me down.
- You get the odd hairy moment when coming over a ridge and round a corner at the same time as the car kicks down a gear and opens the throttle to maintain its speed.
- Come into effect or operation: the hospital’s emergency generators kicked inMore example sentences
- I think the medication is finally kicking in and that was what I was waiting for.
- She put her terror to one side as her professional training kicked in and she provided emergency care.
- He is soon feeling sick and unhappy as the effects of his high fat diet kick in.
kick something in
- North American • informal Contribute something, especially money: if you subscribe now we’ll kick in a bonusMore example sentences
- But if you're willing to kick some money in, his investment choices will widen.
- It wasn't a cheap flight, but luckily Sara's parents had kicked in a ton of money.
- As private donors kicked in more money, every aspect of the blueprint kept changing.
- 1(Of a football match) be started or resumed by a player kicking the ball from the centre spot: World Cup games will kick off in the afternoonMore example sentences
- The Ladies' exhibition football match kicks off at the Reebok at 3pm on Sunday.
- I actually predicted before the England v France match kicked off that Beckham would retire from International football at the end of the Championship.
- Usually when an FA Cup is played on a Saturday and a TV company wants to show the game live, it kicks off at around 12 noon or 1pm.
- 1.1(Of a team or player) begin or resume a match by kicking the ball from the centre spot.More example sentences
- Their decision comes just three days before the England team kicks off against France as they bid to become Euro 2004 champions in Portugal.
- Lancashire captain Andy Farrell kicked off in a game delayed by traffic congestion resulting from bad weather earlier in the evening.
- Costa Rica kick off needing a point from this game.
- 1.2 (also kick something off) • informal Begin or cause something to begin: the festival kicks off on Monday New Hampshire is the state whose presidential primary kicks off the political yearMore example sentences
- Bulgaria's new football championship season kicked off last weekend, implementing some interesting changes from past years.
- He kicked off the campaign with a radio interview in New Hampshire on October 9.
- The programme itself kicks off at noon with interviews and previews of the games to come.
- 2British • informal Become very angry; suddenly start an argument or fight: I don’t want her kicking off at me again there aren’t many people I can kick off with and then phone up to apologize to people said he was trying to buy drugs off these guys and then it all just kicked off in the streetMore example sentences
- Normally, if I'd been delayed by two hours on a train journey, I'd've been kicking off, and grumbling about the state of public transport.
- He had to be physically restrained after kicking off in the accident and emergency department at Blackburn Royal Infirmary.
- These yobs started asking her and her mates for a fag and then one of them thumped one of her friends and started to kick off.
kick someone out
- • informal Expel or dismiss someone: as a child he was kicked out of schoolMore example sentences
expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid of; dismiss, discharge• informal chuck out, send packing, boot out, show the door to, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, sack, fire, give someone the boot, axeBritish • informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off, turf outNorth American • informal give someone the air, give someone the bum's rush
- As a result of this investigation, Elmo was kicked out of the University.
- Teachers, students and school administrators have joined forces to find ways of dealing with troubled students without kicking them out of school.
- It is time for FIFA and Uefa to act by kicking the team out of the world cup and send the clearest signal possible that the football authorities will not tolerate racism.
- (Of the wind) become stronger: we were warned that the winds might kick up by mid-morningMore example sentences
- It's been a calm day so far, but now the wind has kicked up.
- The wind kicked up, skimming clouds over the surface of the full moon.
- I was so calm that even though the wind had begun to kick up quite a bit, I went to bed.
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- In all, he missed three kickable penalties and a drop goal.
- A good break by hooker Pat Humphries ultimately left Shane Ryan with the chance to drop at goal but he pushed a very kickable chance well wide.
- O'Carroll was unfortunate in missing two penalties from very kickable positions and these were to prove costly at the end of the game.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.